SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, passed legislation out of the Illinois House today that cuts the cost of child identification cards which can aid police and family members in the event of emergency.
“Getting an identification card for children not only helps prove identity, but it is another safety tool parents and guardians have for their children,” D’Amico said. “Cost shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to keeping our kids safe. Cutting the cost of an ID card for children will be a benefit both to families and to local law enforcement.”
D’Amico sponsored House Bill 808, which won unanimous, bipartisan backing from the Illinois House. D’Amico’s measure lowers the cost for a new, renewed or replacement state ID for children by 50 percent. Acquiring a state ID for children can help ease travel burdens for children, assist in distributing information quickly to law enforcement in the event of an emergency, and help defend a child against identity theft.
“Families who choose to get a state ID for their kids shouldn’t face a high cost burden to do so,” said D’Amico. “There’s nothing more important than protecting our children and I encourage my colleagues in the legislature to support this important measure to help parents protect children.”